A measure banning abortions after 20 weeks has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee.
The "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" passed in a 20 to 12 vote.
The bill would narrow the current law enacted after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe vs. Wade, which bans abortions after 24-weeks.
The proposed ban will prevent abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in all cases except when the mother's life is in danger.
Family Research Council applauded the committee for approving the measure.
"Modern science shows that the unborn child is fully capable of experiencing pain by 20 weeks after fertilization, hence the reason unborn babies are regularly given anesthesia during prenatal surgery," Anna Higgins, director of the Center for Human Dignity at FRC, said in a statement.
"The majority of Americans oppose late abortion and Rep. Franks' bill, if passed, would put an end to this cruel, inhumane procedure," Higgins concluded.
A full House vote is planned for the bill later this month. Even if it passes there, it is expected to die in the Senate.